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MSI - Z170A GAMING M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

( 4.5 Average / 11 Ratings )




Part #

(or) 7978-001R


Black / Red

Form Factor


CPU Socket



Intel Z170

Memory Slots

4 x 288-pin DIMM

Memory Type

DDR4-2133 / 2400 / 2800 / 3000 / 3200 / 3600

Maximum Supported Memory

64 GB

RAID Support


Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

CrossFire Support


SLI Support


SATA 6 Gb/s


SATA Express


Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

Onboard USB 3.0 Header(s)


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Price History (Excluding Tax) History:


mvcmeyer 12 points 37 months ago
from completed build Dark MSI

It looks nice, the manual the comes with it isn't the best and a lot of slots not labeled but still got it to work. I do like the surround sound feature built in. Probably will pick up a newer version of this motherboard in the future.

Billyharris123 19 points 32 months ago
from completed build Joining The Master Race

Has everything I need and lets me OC my processor with 1-click, which is awesome.

bmccarthy8989 35 points 31 months ago
from completed build Little Bro

This is my first build using MSI boards. The board definitely has a nice aesthetic with not to much red and a good use of red LEDs along the audio trace and the a few other parts of the board.

Overclocking was pretty strait forward. Just needed to get used to MSI UEFI. I would prefer if the fan headers for the cpu were next to each other with another system fan header where the CPU2 fan header is. But that is hardly a con, more of a preference.

Jackdadog888 5 points 31 months ago
from completed build The Build for Eddie!

Great board, works with the MSI GAMING APP along with GPU.

ComposerJSM 4 points 27 months ago
from completed build 2016 - 1080p Destruction Build

3-stars because of no SLI for future proofing. I was possibly going to go to 1440p with this rig, but I don't even think a RX 480 crossfire would have suited me for that, so I went with a 1070 in 1080p. The board has a decent amount of fan headers, but you'll need some power splitters (I only needed 2).

IBeRamen 5 points 27 months ago
from completed build Red Dragon - Early 2017

Got this motherboard at a discount from Amazon because it was a certified refurbished. It's practically new and works great and handles overclocking well. Also, it fit in the theme pretty well.

Trollsty 1 point 26 months ago
from completed build Budget Build

Plenty of expansion slots. Easy installation into the case, along with an easy-to-follow guide. MSI also sends some nice extra stuff with the board. I will definitely be buying from MSI more in the future.

Urbantech-Kyle 8 points 26 months ago
from completed build The Mistakes

Pretty solid cheap board.

austinbrilz 6 points 25 months ago
from completed build 2nd Time Build For a Friend

Still prefer Asus bios but is still easy to use, enjoy the LED lighting on this mobo

super8520 14 points 23 months ago

When i bought this i thought there would be more red lighting. Very little lighting on it. It got the job done and it holds all the parts nicely.